December 2011 Feature Teacher: Becky Perry
In 17 years of teaching, Richfield School teacher Becky Perry has remained true to the fundamentals. “There are a lot of things that we as teachers can become distracted with, but the bottom line is that we teach because we love kids,” she said. “I look at each student as an individual and teach to their specific needs. I try not to teach to the ‘middle’ and aim to challenge kids to always strive to achieve more and learn more. The excitement they exhibit when they reach a new level of learning is the icing on the cake.”
Perry was given the Feature Teacher award for her accomplishments in the classroom, which are impressive. “Becky Perry is a nurturing teacher who has high expectations for her students. She creates individual learning plans which are designed to engage each student and have them producing and learning at the highest possible level; their personal bests. Students develop a true love for learning in her classroom,” said Rich Gifford, Superintendent at Richfield School.
She noted that real success in the classroom is a combination of things; with parent involvement and support from administration being high on her list. “I believe that parents are our best asset and can benefit children in countless ways. Our small school is welcoming and warm with parents and community that are actively involved,” said Perry.
Additionally, she said, “I have gained so much of what I know and do as a teacher from colleagues; and our administrators are instrumental in our success as teachers. They set the tone in a school and encourage teachers and students to succeed. I feel extremely lucky to have worked for some great administrators and I’m thrilled to have received this award.”
The Feature Teacher award is presented monthly, through a community partnership between The Tehama County Department of Education and Tyler Smail of Edward Jones to honor highly successful teachers.
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